AT&T earlier today announced it was dropping its sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods.
(Woods ‘leave of absence’ excuse to permanently strip him as host?)
Just as significant though was the less-reported news that the PGA Tour also announced that Woods would not be hosting the AT&T National Tournament on July 11-14.
Woods has also been the host of the AT&T National PGA TOUR event since it started in 2007. TOUR spokesman Ty Votaw said that since Woods is on indefinite leave from professional golf, he will not serve as host for the 2010 event. However, his Tiger Woods Foundation will continue to be the beneficiary of the AT&T National, under a contract that runs through 2014, Votaw said.
The National was a remade tournament largely manufactured by the PGA Tour with the express intention of creating an association with Woods.
So Woods is gone from the tourney, and all indications are the move could very well be permanent, which would leave the golfer without any PGA Tour stop association when he eventually comes back.